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David Jeffrey Frum is a Canadian-American political commentator. A speechwriter for President George W. Bush, F rum later authored the first book about Bush's presidency written by a former member of the administration.
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China's Trapped Transition
The Limits of Developmental Autocracy
Minxin PEI - Jun 30, 2009 (first published in 2006)
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The rise of China as a great power is one of the most important developments in the twenty-first century. But despite dramatic economic progress, China's prospects remain uncertain. In a book sure to provoke debate, Minxin Pei examines the sustainability of the Chinese Communist Party's reform strategy--pursuing pro-market economic policies under o...
David Frum
Sep 24, 2021
Also going to re-recommend Minxin Pei's important book, China's Trapped Transition. My review here      source
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Tangled Up in Blue
Policing the American City
Rosa Brooks - Feb 09, 2021
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Journalist and law professor Rosa Brooks goes beyond the blue wall of silence in this radical inside examination of American policingIn her forties, with two children, a spouse, a dog, a mortgage, and a full-time job as a tenured law professor at Georgetown University, Rosa Brooks decided to become a cop. A liberal academic and journalist with an e...
David Frum
Jan 25, 2021
Such a fantastic book by ⁦@brooks_rosa⁩ Among other great qualities, so very funny      source
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The Business of America is Lobbying
How Corporations Became Politicized and Politics Became More Corporate (Studies in Postwar American Political Development)
Lee Drutman - May 01, 2017 (first published in 2015)
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Corporate lobbyists are everywhere in Washington. Of the 100 organizations that spend the most on lobbying, 95 represent business. The largest companies now have upwards of 100 lobbyists representing them. How did American businesses become so invested in politics? And what does all their money buy? Drawing on extensive data and original interviews...
David Frum
Nov 24, 2020
A great addition to awareness of the risks of lobbying to a democratic system is @leedrutman excellent book "The Business of America is Lobbying"      source
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Audience of One
Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America
James Poniewozik - Sep 10, 2019
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An incisive cultural history that captures a fractious nation through the prism of television and the rattled mind of a celebrity president.Television has entertained America, television has ensorcelled America, and with the election of Donald J. Trump, television has conquered America. In Audience of One, New York Times chief television critic Jam...
David Frum
Nov 12, 2020
Great article, and a reminder that @poniewozik book "Audience of One" is one of the enduringly valuable books from the Trump era      source
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Before the Oath
How George W. Bush and Barack Obama Managed a Transfer of Power
Martha Joynt Kumar - Jun 30, 2015
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It’s one of the hallmarks of American democracy: on inauguration day, the departing president heeds the will of the people and hands the keys to power to a successor. The transition from one administration to the next sounds simple, even ceremonial. But in 2009, as President George W. Bush briefed President-elect Barack Obama about the ongoing wars...
David Frum
Nov 06, 2020
Here's the book on the most professional, most amicable, and most successful presidential transition in US history, Bush-Obama 2009. Useful comparative reading as we prepare for the most chaotic, embittered, and destructive.      source
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The Inevitability of Tragedy
Henry Kissinger and His World
Barry Gewen - Apr 28, 2020
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The Inevitability of Tragedy is a fascinating intellectual biography of Henry Kissinger that examines his unique role in government through his ideas. It analyzes the continuing controversies surrounding Kissinger’s policies in such places as Vietnam and Chile by offering an understanding of his definition of realism; his seemingly amoral belief th...
David Frum
Apr 30, 2020
It’s just a spectacular book, worldly and wise. This is not a biography of Kissinger alone, but a profound study of the influence of exiles from Nazism on their country of refuge.      source
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It Was a Long Time Ago, and It Never Happened Anyway
Russia and the Communist Past
David Satter - Dec 13, 2011 (first published in 2008)
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Russia today is haunted by deeds that have not been examined and words that have been left unsaid. A serious attempt to understand the meaning of the Communist experience has not been undertaken, and millions of victims of Soviet Communism are all but forgotten. In this book David Satter, a former Moscow correspondent and longtime writer on Russia ...
David Frum
Sep 01, 2019
Great book by @DavidSatter on the politics of Russian memory, with perfect title: "It was a long time ago, and it never happened anyway."      source
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Doing Justice
A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law
Preet Bharara - Mar 19, 2019
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By the one-time federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, an important overview of the way our justice system works, and why the rule of law is essential to our society. Using case histories, personal experiences and his own inviting writing and teaching style, Preet Bharara shows the thought process we need to best achieve truth an...
David Frum
Apr 05, 2019
Such a spectacularly exciting, entertaining, and wise book by @PreetBharara It will make of its legal readers better lawyers; and of its non-lawyer readers, better citizens      source
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Memories of a Nation
Neil MacGregor - Sep 29, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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For the past 140 years, Germany has been the central power in continental europe. Twenty-five years ago a new German state came into being. How much do we really understand this new Germany, and how do its people understand themselves?Neil MacGregor argues that, uniquely for any European country, no coherent, overarching narrative of Germany's hist...
David Frum
Feb 11, 2019
Delightful & instructive book!      source
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The Intelligent Investor
The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition)
Benjamin Graham - Feb 21, 2006 (first published in 1949)
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More than one million hardcovers soldNow available for the first time in paperback!The Classic Text Annotated to Update Graham's Timeless Wisdom for Today's Market ConditionsThe greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham's philosophy of "value investing" -- which shields invest...
David Frum
Jan 07, 2019
I’ve read this book approximately every 10 years since my late father gave me my first copy ~1977. 2019 a good year for a reread      source
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What Is Populism?
Jan-Werner Müller - Sep 19, 2016 (first published in 2014)
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Donald Trump, Silvio Berlusconi, Marine Le Pen, Hugo ChAvez--populists are on the rise across the globe. But what exactly is populism? Should everyone who criticizes Wall Street or Washington be called a populist? What precisely is the difference between right-wing and left-wing populism? Does populism bring government closer to the people or is it...
David Frum
Nov 16, 2018
Valuable, clarifying book by Jan-Werner Müller      source
The Happiness Curve by Jonathan Rauch
Battle Tactics of the Civil War by Paddy Griffith
Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism by Donald T. Critchlow
The War on Cops by Heather Mac Donald
Taste of War by Lizzie Collingham
Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner